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Vellapally Natesan charged for hate speech

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Thiruvanthpuram: A criminal case was registered against Vellapally Natesan for his ‘hate speech’. The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam General Secretary said that only the Muslims get due assistance from the government when they die and one should embrace death as a Muslim to get those benefits.

His comments came following the Kerala government’s decision to provide financial assistance to the family of an auto driver who died while trying to save two workers from a sewage canal.

Vellapally Natesan alleged that the auto driver’s sacrifice was acknowledged because he was a Muslim. BJP, who was his party ally in recent civic polls distanced themselves from the controversy.

However, Natesan took the route of social network and said through his Facebook post that Noushad, the guy who lost his life, is an inspiration to all and he prays for his soul. He added that his only intention was to attract government’s attention for its failure to rush assistance to the family of the army youth who died fighting terrorists.

He further claimed that media distorted his comments.

BJP state leader visited the family of Naushad.

It is a different matter whether his speech was interpreted wrong or not but this has become a daily affair in Indian politics where a controversy is made by leaders out of a tragic event simply to reap political benefits.

A common person anyway gets attention only when something really bad or big happens, but even that is misused by the political leaders.

This incidence should have been about the harmony between the citizens of India irrespective of their religion, but somehow leaders managed to turn it upside down.

Not only it is a disrespect to Naushad and his act but also the ones in those names Natesan made this comment.

The public sentiment was with the youth and maybe that forced Natesan to do the damage control.

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Collection Centres Open for Flood-hit Kerala in UAE

New collection centres open in UAE for donations to support the thousands of displaced families

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Several collection centers open across UAE to collect donations and relief fund for Kerala. Pixabay

Indian expats from Kerala in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have opened collection centres for donations to support the thousands of displaced families in their flood-hit state, the media reported on Tuesday.

After one of the worst flooding in its history last year, many parts of Kerala was limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Heavy rainfall and landslides in northern districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kannur have so far killed 77 people and pushed thousands to relief camps.

Though far away from the tragedy, Malayalees who form the biggest Indian expat community in the UAE, have set up the centre to collect relief materials for the affected, the Khaleej Times reported.

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From clothes to food items, people across the globe are donating several things along with donations. Pixabay

Taking the lead is the UAE chapter of Voice of Humanity, a group of around 50 stage artists from Kerala. Popular movie artists like Tiny Tom, Nadir Shah and Guinness Pakru are the patrons of the organisation in Kerala.

Shoukky Sulaiman, joint secretary of the group, said three collection centres have been set up in Dubai.

“We are mainly collecting cloths, hygiene items for ladies and kids, toiletries, slippers and some food items like oats and biscuits.

“We will be sending the collected items by cargo, which will be personally received by our members. We are all trying to do whatever we can,” he added.

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Flood-hit Kerala is limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Pixabay

Bicky Boss, another member, said he was leaving for Kerala on Tuesday to help in the distribution of relief materials.

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Abu Dhabi-based expat organisation Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre has also set up a collection centre at the Indian Islamic Centre and residents are urged to donate blankets, mats, bedsheets, toiletries, cleaning materials, milk powder and biscuits among other things.

Many expats have taken to social media to share their contribution to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and urging others to follow suit. (IANS)